Dr Kristina Andersson, Dr Per Hellstrand, Dept. Experimental Medical Science, Lund University, Sweden

Atherosclerosis is a complex inflammatory process in the vascular wall, engaging in particular the endothelial cells lining the inner surface of the vessel wall and the smooth muscle cells forming its muscular coat. This process is multifactorial, involving oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction as well as immune cells, pro-inflammatory molecules, triglycerides and circulating cholesterol carried by low density lipoprotein (LDL) particles (see Figure 7). Various dietary components in oats have the potential to exert anti-oxidative or anti-inflammatory effects and to beneficially affect endothelial function.”

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Switching to Whole Grains

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The International Association for Cereal Science and Technology in their press release after the last summit in Vienna on 18.12.2017, states: New data on the links between diet and health show that replacing refined grains with whole grains globally could reduce the burden of chronic disease more than any other change including better-known approaches such as reducing sodium, eliminating trans fats or even cutting sugar-sweetened beverages..

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